Stewart R. Kirkpatrick

7/20/1932 ~ 12/19/2021

1932-2021

Stewart Raymond Kirkpatrick (Kirk) was born on July 20, 1932, in Sioux City, Iowa. He passed away on December 19, 2021, in Summerlin, Nevada. He lived in Nevada for the last nine years with his second wife, Nadine Robins Perom Kirkpatrick.

Kirk spent his childhood in Peabody, Kansas with parents Alfred Parn and Pearl Allen Kirkpatrick. As the oldest of six children, Kirk served as his siblings’ friend and protector. He saved his brother Dick from drowning. He taught his sister Judie how to tie her shoes backwards, which she still does. Kirk was voted most likely to succeed in his Peabody Kansas High School class. There is no doubt he lived up to his classmates’ expectations. In 1954, Kirk graduated from Grinnell College and received a commission in the U.S. Air Force. He met Alice Elaine Probert (Elaine) in Las Vegas Nevada while stationed at Nellis Airforce Base. He won her over by serenading her with classic tunes like “Ain’t She Sweet”. They were married in Scipio, Utah on June 1, 1956. Their marriage was filled with humor, overwhelming respect, and friendship.

During his Air Force career, Kirk was stationed at Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX, in Ankara, Turkey, the Pentagon, the Air Force Academy and at Camp Smith in Hawai’i. While there, he was part of “Operation Freedom”. He also served in Korea and Vietnam. In 1975 Kirk transferred to Hill Field in Layton Utah and moved to Farmington Utah. He retired from the Air Force in 1976 with the rank of Lt. Colonel. After his military service, Kirk worked at Intermountain Mountain Health Care in Salt Lake City, Utah, until his retirement in 1988. Kirk and Elaine resided in Farmington for 32 years.

In an answer to Elaine’s prayers, Kirk was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1983. They were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple in 1984. Elaine and Kirk served three full-time missions together, one in Hawai’i and two back-to-back missions in Istanbul, Turkey. Kirk and Elaine were ordinance workers in the Bountiful Utah Temple. Kirk lovingly sacrificed and cared for Elaine during her decades-long battle with cancer. Following Elaine’s death, Kirk married Nadine Robins Perom in Las Vegas, Nevada on January 5, 2012. Nadine and Elaine grew up together in Scipio. Kirk continued to serve as an ordinance worker in the Las Vegas temple. Kirk and Nadine were approaching their 10th wedding anniversary at Kirk’s death.

Kirk is survived by Nadine (her nephew Rick Palzer); Stewart (his wife Kelly, six grandchildren, and 18⅞ great-grandchildren); Mark (his wife Sue, four grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren); Jenny (her husband Chris, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren); and sisters Judie Kirkpatrick of Omaha, Nebraska and Sally Almquist of Bloomington, Minnesota. Kirk is predeceased by his parents and his brothers Dick, Riley, and Jack.

Kirk was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He loved Elaine’s cooking, golfing, history, socks, cats, and sports. It was a typical lazy afternoon to find him snoring in a chair with not a hair out of place. Blighted with poor hearing, Kirk never lost his keen sense of humor. His grandkids remember a loving grandfather armed with a drawer of trickery and a quick wit. Some of their fondest memories are of him singing “Once in Love with Amy” and “The Good Ship Lollypop,” as well as sharing stories from his adventures all over the world. He will be greatly missed.

Kirk’s funeral is January 8, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. at the Scipio Ward building Scipio, Utah with a viewing from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. prior to services. He will be buried following the service in the Scipio cemetery. 

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6 Responses to “Stewart R. Kirkpatrick”

  1. Paul and Sherryl Crockett says:

    Kirk will be much missed. He already has been in Farmington.

  2. Lyndie Slack says:

    Kirk was a lovely man. He was very proud of his service in the Air Force. Together with Nadine they enjoyed a quiet life in Summerlin keeping each other company. They were watched over by Nadine’s nephew Rick Palzer, who became a very close friend with Kirk. I will miss him. He was a lovely person and friend. May he rest in peace.

    • Chris and Jeanna Nielson says:

      Chris and I love Kirk and Elaine and children!
      They are wonderful friends and we look forward to sharing laughter and
      Silly humor together again someday! Happy reunion
      going on right now.

  3. Don & Juliana Probert says:

    We spent a few days of our honeymoon In November of 1969 with Uncle Kirk and Aunt Elaine when they lived in Colorado Springs. He took us to the Officers Club for lobster, steak and fine wine! I had never drank before ( or since!) but the waiter poured each of us a small goblet of wine to toast our marriage. Talk about stuck between a rock and a hard place. I glanced at my new husband as to how to handle this and he Just winked at me! Well, we all saluted our glasses together and I drank! All eyes were on me because they just took a sip of theirs and I gulped mine down! Ha!
    Uncle Kirk also played his little ukulele and sang to us when they lived here in Scipio next door to Uncle Dick and Aunt Thelma. Those were good times we’ll never forget, for the few years they lived here we celebrated Santa Lucia with all the trimmings at Christmas time. We have fond memories we will enjoy forever. And we have already missed them so much. We love them both!

  4. Sharon Saldana says:

    Kirk was such a wonderful person and how lucky we were able to meet him when he and Nadine married. His military background was so accomplished, he and my husband, a former Marine, had such great conversations and experiences to share. I know Kirk as a loving husband to my girlfriend Nadine. They brought so much joy into each other’s lives, I am so happy and grateful that they had time together. My condolences to all the family. I’m so proud to have met such a kind and caring man, our friend Kirk.
    With love, Andy and Sharon Saldana

  5. Bob and Cheryl Gove says:

    We were saddened to hear of Stewart’s passing. We enjoyed the time that he and the family lived by us in Farmington. Once in awhile, Stewart was asked to speak on the 4 th of July or to different scouting groups.
    He looked so sharp in his uniform as he would talk about our country and the freedoms we enjoy.
    It was great seeing some of the family at the funeral, it brought back lots of sweet memories.The funeral was a nice tribute to Stewart.
    Bob and Cheryl Gove